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[duhn-uh k]
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noun British.
  1. hedge sparrow.
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Origin of dunnock

First recorded in 1425–75, dunnock is from the late Middle English word dunoke, donek. See dun2, -ock
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Historical Examples

  • And it may aid Mr. Dunnock and others in accumulating a fortune.

    A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital

    John Beauchamp Jones

  • The dunnock usually begins towards sunset, first mounting to the loftiest twig it can discover that will bear its weight.


    Leo H. (Leo Hartley) Grindon

  • Limed twigs may also be put in a bare place with earth or meal-worms, just as for the dunnock.

British Dictionary definitions for dunnock


  1. another name for hedge sparrow
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Word Origin

C15: from dun ² + -ock
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